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How Does Substrate Color Affect Ink Selection?

When selecting an ink for your marking system, several variables affect it’s selection.  One variable affecting the selection of the proper ink is the color of the substrate.  Dark colored substrates such as steel often require a pigmented ink to produce bright, visible results.  These inks contain solid pigments which provide the bright color they are known for.  This requires…

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How Do I Choose An Air Spray Gun?

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Spray Gun Choice With so many different types and models of spray guns available, it may be difficult trying to choose which one would work best for your process. There are a number of criteria to consider when deciding which type of spray gun to go with. Doing a little bit of research and knowing your capabilities will go…

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Powder Coating Tips

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Powder Coating Tips Properly grounding your part is one of the most important steps to take when applying a powder coat. The powder is charged and utilizes an electrical field to attract and adhere to the part before it is baked on. If your part is not properly grounded then your powder will have a hard time sticking, and…

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How Do I Start Powder Coating?

When diving into the world of powder coating, just like any type of coating, surface prep is always key to obtaining great results. In the case of powder coating, media or sandblasting is essential in the surface preparation process. It serves two purposes that are critical in making sure your coating adheres properly and doesn’t fail altogether or start…

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What are Air Assisted Airless Spray Guns? Are there any advantages?

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Air Assisted Airless spray guns are a great asset in the field when you need some more control over your spray pattern while still laying down a large amount of material. It differs from airless in a couple of key ways. Primarily, the pressures that AAA equipment operate at are much lower than traditional airless. Airless equipment traditionally involves…

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What are the benefits of Pressure Tank Systems?

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There are several advantages when it comes to using pressure tank systems for your material supply source. Several of these benefits dramatically offset the initial investment and will increase your productivity and efficiency. With pressure tank systems, you get precise control over both your atomization air pressure as well as your material pressure. This is extremely important with certain…

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How do I Spray More Efficiently?

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Spray technique is a critical component in getting a great finish as well as utilizing your material as efficiently as possible. One great best practice when for great coatings and efficient spraying on any surface is called “banding”. Banding is a technique that reduces overspray and saves material while ensuring a nice, even coverage on your part. There are…

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Should I Be Using Electrostatic?

wagner electrostatic spray systems

Electrostatic spray systems have numerous benefits over traditional spray methods. However, no two jobs are created equal, so while there are numerous perks of spray electrostatically, your coating job may not warrant it. The following situations are when you’ll benefit from the use of electrostatic spray equipment. You are “spraying more air than substrate”. Think about spraying fences or…

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What are Airless Spray Guns? Are the any advantages?

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Conventional airspray guns are great for most coating applications, but there are some jobs whose size and scope require something faster and more efficient than what traditional airspray can provide. This is when airless spray guns come into play. Airless spray guns are designed to utilize high material pressures to atomize the coating by forcing it through a very…

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What is the best Spraying Technique?

After you’ve selected your correct spray gun, air compressor, and nozzle size the last thing keeping you from a tip top finish is your spraying technique. There are several small steps in assuring that you’re applying an even coverage. 1. The spray should always be perpendicular to the surface that is being coated. This means that if you are…

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